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Dr Mari Carmen Portillo PhD, MSc, BSc

Associate Professor

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Bottom up strategies involving different sectors and levels of care can really empower people to become change agents and manage their long term condition


Mari Carmen Portillo has been an Associate Professor within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton since 2015. Before this, she was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Navarra in Spain where she has been developing teaching, research and managerial roles for 17 years. Mari Carmen did her postgraduate studies, MSc Nursing (2000) and PhD (2006) at King’s College London.

Mari Carmen has wide teaching experience and also in developing nursing curricula, teaching and research programmes in relation to long term conditions, Adult Nursing and Advanced Nursing roles at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Mari Carmen has also led the research area of Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care at the University of Navarra in Spain and coordinated interdisciplinary research teams for several years. With a sound mixed methods profile, her research mainly focuses on long term conditions management in the community and she has especially worked on strategies to promote a positive living with a long term condition and quality of life not only for patients but also for family-carers (developing, implementing and evaluating interdisciplinary interventions and measuring instruments). She has also wide experience in the active involvement of voluntary organisations in research teams and in negotiating and promoting their active participation in the management of chronic illness in the community.

Mari Carmen was also a country lead of the EUWISE European Project and now has joined the CLARHC programme team at the University of Southampton, continuing her research to understand the role of voluntary organisations in the implementation of self management programmes and the operationalization of the health policy agenda. At present she is a member of the editorial board of several Spanish and International journals.

Research interests

Living with Long term conditions, voluntary organisations role in self-management of long term conditions, colaboration between sectors and levels of care.

Research Projects

Project ReNACE. Pacientes y familiares conviviendo con la enfermedad de Parkinson: estudio del proceso de transición. Funded by Convocatoria PIUNA. University of Navarra. 2011-2013. Principal investigator: María Carmen Portillo Vega. 21.337.50 euros.

Project: Self-care Support for People with Long Term Conditions, Diabetes and Heart Disease: A Whole System Approach. Seventh Framework programme. EUWISE. 279081. 2012-2015. Coordinator: Anne Rogers (University of Southampton). Country lead: Maria Carmen Portillo. 2.940,000 Euro

Project Propiedades psicométricas de la versión española de la escala de adaptación psicosocial a la enfermedad (versión de autoinforme para el cuidador). Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness: 2014-2015 Principal investigator: Maria Carmen Portillo. 15,000 euro.

Project Propiedades psicométricas de la versión española de la escala de adaptación psicosocial a la enfermedad (versión de autoinforme para el cuidador). Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness: 2014-2015 Researcher: Maria Carmen Portillo. 15,000 euro.

Project Evaluación de una intervención para mejorar la convivencia con la enfermedad de Parkinson de pacientes y familiares. Convocatoria PIUNA. Universidad de Navarra (evaluación externa ANEP), 2014-2016 Rsearcher: Maria Carmen Portillo. 12,560 euro.

Research group

Health Work

Affiliate research groups

Patient Work theme, Health Work and Systems Group, Health Sciences, University of Southampton, ReNACE programme, Chronic Illness and End of Life Care. Faculty of Nursing, University of Navarra Spain

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